Cystitis is the inflammatory condition of your urinary bladder. It is very common in women who are sexually active.
Causes of Cystitis

  • Bacterial infection.
  • Incomplete evacuation of bladder due to stones, prostate enlargement, tumours, spinal cord injury.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Weak immune power.
  • Chemotherapy, radiation.
  • Certain chemicals used for personal care and birth control aids like a diaphragm and spermicidal agents.
  • During pregnancy and menopause.
  • Bedridden patients using catheters.

Symptoms of Cystitis

  • Urgency and frequent urination.
  • Pain and pressure in your lower abdomen.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Mild fever.
  • Cloudy urine with an offensive smell.

Ayurvedic Management of Cystitis

  • Have warm water baths in a bathtub. Make sure the water level is up to your umbilicus or give hot compress to your lower abdomen to relieve pain.
  • Eat watermelon, grapes, cranberry and cucumber.
  • Drink enough water boiled with coriander seeds.
  • Extract fresh juice of ash gourd or winter melon and add little sugar candy. Drink twice a day about 100ml.
  • Drink well-churned buttermilk added with coriander leaves and tender coconut.
  • Avoid sour and spicy foods.
  • Herbs like Gokshura, Punarnava, Dashamoola, Musta, Usheera, Guduchi, Shatavari, Sariva, Amalaki are very useful in cystitis. You can prepare decoction from any of these herbs and drink twice daily.
  • Chandraprabha vati, Ushirasava, Sarivadyasava, Chandanasava, Brihatyadi kashayam, Punarnavasavam, etc are also beneficial.

Prevention of Cystitis

  • Drink sufficient amount of water. Avoid drinking coffee, alcohol, and other carbonated drinks.
  • Don’t hold the urge to urinate. Evacuate your bladder as soon as you get the urge.
  • Try to urinate and wash your private area after sexual intercourse.
  • Avoid using deodorant and other chemical-based personal care products in the genital region.